The Philadelphia Phillies officially placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a broken left thumb and recalled outfielder Mickey Moniak from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Harper was hurt when he pulled a 97 mph fastball out of the hand of San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell on Saturday.
“Things happen for a reason, everyone says it. That reason sucks right now,” Harper said after the game, a 4-2 win by the Phillies. “But at the same time, it is what it is. I have to be positive for the guys. I’m just really disappointed for the organization, the guys and, you know, the Philadelphia City fans too. J love to run and play every day.”
Harper, a two-time MVP who has battled an elbow ligament injury all season, is batting .318 with a .985 OPS, 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 64 games.
The Phillies have restarted their season by going 17-6 since June 1 but will have their work cut out for them now. Going into Sunday, they had scored just 11 total points in the last eight games they’ve played without Harper.
Moniak, 24, has played in nine games for the Phillies this season, batting .160 with an RBI in 25 at bats. In 38 career games over the past three seasons, he’s a .139 hitter with one home run and four RBIs.